Four Late Plays
Wordsworth Editions, 1998 - 410 pages
Written late in Shakespeare's life, these plays delightfully exhibit his interest in the conventions of the fairy-tale. They are tales of enchantment, heard from afar and seen through a fine gauze. In this fantasy world truths about the real world are played out on a different plane. We move from the pain of separation through the despair of loss to the joy of restoration and resurrection. This mature vision of the world looks unblinkingly into the jaws of despair, yet still chooses to consider life worth celebrating.
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THE WINTERS TALE
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